© Daniel Riera / Courtesy of Martín Azúa

The material is designed to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Jess McHugh
March 07, 2017

Both camping and backpacking can provide joy to travelers of all kinds: a campsite gives city-dwellers a break from the hustle of metropolitan life, while backpacking allows travelers a more rugged and inexpensive way of visiting various countries.

As any frequent camper or backpacker knows, lugging heavy and sometimes unwieldy gear can be a source of frustration as well as a deterrent to travel.

One Barcelona-based designer may have a solution in the form of “Basic House,” a shelter that folds up so small it can fit in a pocket, the Huffington Post reported.

© Daniel Riera / Courtesy of Martín Azúa

Designer Martin Azua created the self-inflating shelter of a polyester material that traps heat in cold temperatures and remains cool in warm temperatures. While the design is an artistic prototype once featured at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, it has the potential to be developed into an actual shelter.

“Cultures that maintain a more direct interaction with their environment show us that the idea of habitat can be understood in more essential and reasonable terms,” Azua wrote on his website, describing the Basic House as “ideal for a life on the move without material ties.”

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